To get back into the first row of the grid for a fourth successive time, Tom Lüthi had pushed to the limit today at the TT Circuit in Assen. After he achieved a best time of 1’37.078 already in his third lap and placed himself in third position, he had a heart-stopping moment and just avoided to crash. The Swiss came for a short stop into pit lane and prepared for the final attack, but unfortunately it was not enough to improve his time.
Tom Lüthi slid back to eighth position and will start tomorrow’s race from third row. In the Warm-up on Sunday morning he and his technicians will then make the final fine adjustments and try everything in tomorrow's TT Assen to minimize the disadvantage of seven points he is holding towards championship leader Alex Marquez.
Tom Lüthi P8 - 1'37.078 (+0.506)
«There is quite a gap to the pole position and of course I am not happy about that and to be in third row for the race tomorrow. But I still think it is not looking too bad for the race tomorrow, not like it does regarding my position in the qualifying Of course, the position isn't what we had imagined. We wanted to stay ahead. I was absolutely at the limit today and could only barely escape a crash. But regarding the distance of a race it all can look different again. It is important to have a good start. There is so much that still can happen in this class. To say something about the championship is still too early. I try to concentrate on myself and not on the others.»
Michael Thier Crew Chief #12 Tom Lüthi
«We have made some changes to the bike of Tom to get the movements he complained about yesterday under control. Partly we were successful, but we are not satisfied with the result yet. The front is still too nervous. We will have to continue to work on it tomorrow during the Warm-up to improve his feeling with the front. Now we analyse the data from today and will prepare some last steps for the morning session. Tom has to ride on the limit too much at the moment, that’s also why the qualifying was not the greatest. How it will look for the race we will know after the Warm-up tomorrow.»
1. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 1'36.572
2. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM - 1'36.682 (+0.110)
3. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'36.716 (+0.144)
8. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'37.078 (+0.506)